Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has launched a carbon offsetting scheme as part of its wider commitment to reducing emissions.

    The scheme lets passengers calculate their flight’s environmental impact and offset the carbon emissions. The scheme, which is being launched in partnership with climate-focused technology company CHOOOSE provides passengers with the option to offset their journey by supporting trusted, high impact climate projects around the world.

    According to Wizz Air, it is initially supporting two verified carbon-reducing projects; The International Small Group and Tree Planting Programme in Uganda, which is an award-winning and longstanding reforestation project, and the Pichacay Landfill Gas to Renewable Energy Project in Ecuador, which recovers and repurposes landfill methane to produce clean electricity.

    Passengers can calculate and offset their carbon emissions by inputting flight details to a travel footprint calculator at wizzair.com. To account for their carbon emissions, passengers simply make a payment supporting a verified carbon offset and receive a certificate in return, recognising the emissions they have offset.

    Wizz Air’s chief corporate officer, Marion Geoffroy said: “We strive to be the greenest airline of choice as we work hard on continuously decreasing our environmental footprint. Through a wide range of sustainability initiatives, we are proud to already have one of the lowest emission rates in the European aviation industry and are delighted to be working with CHOOOSE to provide carbon offsetting to our passengers.

    “Together with our modern aircraft fleet, variety of fuel saving initiatives, maximisation of passenger load factor, a network design which avoids unnecessary connecting flights and the lightest materials used in the cabin, we are ensuring that Wizz Air is the best and greenest choice passengers can make when they fly.”